By a 5-0 vote on Tuesday, the City Council of Sonoma awarded its sole dispensary license. The vote capped a two-year process for the once stridently prohibition-minded municipality. In winning the license, San Francisco’s SPARC beat out nine other applicants, including Justice Grown, which lost an advocate en route to ending prohibition in Sonoma.
Sonoma Valley Sun

  • SPARC has promised to create 15-20 jobs in 2021, as well as donate 5% percent of its profit to local non-profits and donate $4,000 each month to support low-income medical patients through free cannabis.
  • “We want to express our sincere gratitude to the many pioneers, including Ken Brown and his wife, the late Jewel Mathieson, for their passionate commitment to ensuring that Sonoma residents have safe access to medicinal cannabis,” said Erich Pearson, SPARC co-founder and chief executive officer.

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